Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Portrait Tip

This is a frame from a recent senior portrait shoot.
I found this piece of light that was striking a breeze way that had a beautiful wall.
The light outside at the time was too harsh and also too bright for the subject’s eyes to handle.
This light was less intense due to it reflecting off of a reflective surface.
It was a great solution until the sun had fallen a bit more in the sky.
I arranged the subject in the upper right area of the grid for my composition which left the wall to serve as nice negative space to balance off the portrait.
Lastly, my subject wasn’t too excited about posing.
I was able to work a bit with him and soon he was doing well, looking more relaxed as he moved through various poses.
Finding light that was acceptable for the subject’s eyes and helping the subject to be relaxed in front of the camera are two more areas to be aware of in making great portraits.
Be inspired!

Michael is the author of, “Take Better Photos Now,” and, “Mommie Pics,” ebooks that help everyone become better photographers through tips and secrets that he has learned during his more than 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and photography teacher. He currently is an adjunct professor at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. To purchase either ebook, click the links. CLICK HERE FOR “TakeBetterPhotosNow!

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One Response

February 17, 2012

Great tips!
Many thanks for sharing this marvelous post

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